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Laboratory Genetics

The Laboratory Genetics department (formally the Molecular Diagnostics and Cytogenetics Laboratories), forms part of the West of Scotland Genetic Services and provides a comprehensive diagnostic genetic service for the patients of the West of Scotland (population >2.7 million) and specialised testing for particular disorders to the whole of Scotland, the UK and overseas. The West of Scotland Genetic Service also includes the Biochemical Genetics Laboratory and the Clinical Genetics Service, which are co-located.

The laboratory is situated on Level 2 of the Laboratory Medicine Building at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow and encompasses cytogenetics and molecular diagnostic testing for the specialist diagnosis and/ or monitoring of patients with constitutional (prenatal and postnatal) and acquired (malignancy) genetic abnormalities in hereditary genetic disease, solid tumours as well as adult and childhood leukaemia.

The laboratory is a member of the Scottish Genetics Laboratories Consortium and the Scottish Molecular Pathology Consortium, with laboratories also located in Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh. The laboratories in each of these four centres are funded by National Services Division of NHS Scotland and are commissioned to work together to provide a comprehensive genetics service to the patients of Scotland. In addition, the laboratory is a member of the UK Genetic Testing Network (UKGTN) ensuring our patients have access to specialist genetic tests from other UK accredited laboratories, when appropriate.

The Laboratory Genetics department is an accredited laboratory. The scope of services offered for molecular diagnostic testing is accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) to ISO 15189:2012 standards (Medical Laboratory 8290) whilst cytogenetics service is accredited to Clinical Pathology Accreditation (CPA) Standards (Medical Laboratory No.2157).



Contacting the laboratory

Head of Department: Nicola Williams, Consultant Clinical Scientist 
0141 354 9313 (internal 59313), 
[email protected]

For general enquiries please contact Duty Scientist at :- [email protected] 
or telephone 0141 354 9300 (internal 59300)

Other members of the senior management team can be contacted here


Postal address for correspondence and samples

West of Scotland Genetic Services (Laboratories)
Laboratory Genetics
Level 2B Laboratory Medicine & FM Building
Queen Elizabeth University Hospital
Glasgow, G51 4TF


Full details of the service provided by the Lab can be found in the Laboratory Users Manual

Full schedule of accredited tests can be found on the UKAS search of accredited organisations

Sending a sample for genetic testing

Each request accepted by the laboratory for testing is considered an agreement between the user and laboratory.

Either a completed request form or a detailed letter must be sent with each patient sample. Forms can also be requested by telephoning the department on 0141 354 9330 or downloaded below.

As a minimum, two pieces of patient identifying information must be provided on both the form and the sample container, eg name and CHI number.

SPECIMENS MAY BE REJECTED if the form and the sample container do not have the same 2 patient identifiers.

Links to Forms

Genetic testing

Molecular Haematology-oncology testing  

Solid Tumour Request Form

Glasgow Epilepsy Service Proforma (instructions for configuring NHS_net)

Disorders of Sexual Development Proforma

Forms can also be requested by contacting the laboratory.

Either a completed request form or a detailed letter must be sent with each patient sample, and each sample must be clearly labelled with at least 2 patient identifiers